President Goodluck Jonathan has accused former
president Olusegun Obasanjo of lobbying to head
an interim government if elections do not hold in
President Jonathan made the accusation via a
statement issued by Reuben Abati, his Special
Adviser on Media & Publicity.
The statement read; We find the false claims and
allegations reportedly made against President
Goodluck Jonathan by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
on Saturday in Abeokuta very odious and
As we have had cause to say before, it is most
regrettable indeed that a man like Chief Obasanjo,
who should know better, chooses to repeatedly,
wantonly, and maliciously impugn the integrity of
a sitting President of his country for the primary
purpose of self-promotion.
It is obvious from Chief Obasanjo’s serial
vituperations against President Jonathan who is
doing his best to positively transform Nigeria for
the benefit of all of its people that he has wilfully
chosen to close his eyes to the present
administration’s good works and intentions. For
reasons best known to him, Chief Obasanjo has
set his mind on regime change by fair or foul
Otherwise, it would be completely senseless,
irrational and out of place for Chief Obasanjo,
who still claims to belong to the same party as
the President, to accuse President Jonathan of
plotting to win the rescheduled presidential
elections by “hook or crook” and planning to
plunge the nation into crisis if he loses the
For the record, President Jonathan has no such
intention and will continue to give the greatest
possible support to the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant
federal agencies to ensure that the rescheduled
elections are successfully conducted.
Indeed, it is not President Jonathan who remains
faithful to his oath of office who is trying to
plunge Nigeria into crisis, but Chief Obasanjo who
is scheming to plunge the country into chaos in
pursuit of a selfish and highly egocentric agenda.
Chief Obasanjo’s plot with others within and
outside the country to thwart the general
elections and foist an unconstitutional Interim
National Government, which he hopes to head, on
the nation is well known to us, but by the Grace
of God Almighty, his odious plan to return to
power through the back door will fail woefully.
We know very well that it is in pursuit of this
nefarious plot that the former President continues
to sow the seeds of discord and crises in the
polity by purporting to remain in the ruling party
while openly consorting with the opposition,
endorsing its candidates and predicting victory for
opposition candidates in a manner most
unbecoming of a supposed elder statesman.
Thankfully, the vast majority of Nigerians who
are patriotic and right-thinking cannot be fooled
by Chief Obasanjo’s antics.
We urge them to be assured that President
Jonathan’s commitment to democracy in all its
ramifications remains constant and that he will
never be party to the use of any unlawful means
to remain in office or gain political advantage
over his opponents.
The President stands by his commitment, which
he reaffirmed on national television last
Wednesday that on his watch, all elections in
Nigeria, will be free, fair and credible, and that all
certified election results will be respected.
As President Jonathan has also assured the
nation, the rescheduling of the general elections
was in the best interest of the nation and was
never driven by any ulterior motive on the part of
government as Chief Obasanjo and others have
President Jonathan will continue to put his best
efforts into giving Nigeria quality leadership and
will not be distracted from his purpose by
unwarranted and needless criticism by persons
who ought to know better.
The President also continues to trust in the good
judgment of Nigerians and to believe that in
appreciation of his sincere efforts to move the
country forward over the past four years, they will
re-elect him for a second term on March 28, 2015
with a mandate to pursue his agenda for national
transformation to a successful conclusion.